Pa’a Taotao Tano Fears Use of Chamorro Declining

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Guam – The non-profit group  Pa’a Taotao Tano fears that the use of the Chamorro language is declining.

Pa’a’s recent survey of about 6,500 Chamorros found that 48% said they can understand Chamorro “very well.” But only 27% said they knew it well enough to communicate,  while the remaining 25% said they had minimal or no knowledge of the language.

Pa’a’s Project Manager is Nicole Calvo. She takes hope in the finding that 8 out of 10 respondents expressed a strong desire to learn more about the language.  

Chamorro Language Assessment Survey             

Calvo hopes that other non-profit organizations and local government agencies will use the data and develop programs to perpetuate the use of the language.

The survey was carried out with a $98-thousand grant from the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services.